About Us

About ITEP

International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) is a Southern California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects high school students to careers.

Through partnerships with industry and educators, ITEP prepares high school students for careers in high-wage and high-growth job sectors through career exploration activities, industry mentoring, summer internships, and college scholarships.

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How We Do It

ITEP supports career pathways within high schools where access to resources and positive role models is limited. We work with close to 400 industry leaders who serve as board members, speakers, mentors, and internship providers to bring valuable resources to educators fostering the development of future leaders.

Together with business and community groups, ITEP enhances school curriculum and creates a high school experience that brings confidence, choice, and opportunity to motivated students.


Where We Are

In 2018-2019, we serve more than 6,400 high school students across 18 career pathways at 11 Southern California high schools.

The ITEP Model

We serve high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and ITEP Alumni. From 9th to 12th grade and beyond, we deliver a variety of work-based learning experiences in addition to annual programs and events such as our GPS Your Future career discovery event, Day of Discovery with the U.S. Coast Guard, Oceans of Opportunity dinner and scholarship celebration, and our paid summer Internship Program.

Our Partner Industries

ITEP partners with industry leaders to enable corporate citizenship at the local level. We bring the business community into the classroom to introduce career options and opportunities to 6,400+ high school students. The end result is empowered educators, engaged professionals, and career-ready, college-prepared students who are ready to thrive in their communities. Below is a list of some of the sectors who work with us:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Trades
  • Architecture, Construction, Engineering, and STEM
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Business and Finance
  • Culinary Arts and Hospitality
  • Environmental Science
  • Government and Law
  • International Trade and Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation and Logistics

Consulting Services

In addition, ITEP is available to provide consulting services and technical assistance in the following areas: creating and implementing contextualized learning activities, identifying and engaging industry partners, teacher professional development, and pathway/academy design.

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2017-2018 Results


Students served


Interns placed

$1.8 million

Contributions received


Graduation rate for ITEP interns


Industry volunteer hours


ITEP graduates enrolled in college


Students received industry coaching


ITEP graduates interested in high-growth jobs

Our Team

ITEP Staff - Jan 2018

Our Board

ITEP Dinner 2016_photographer Taso Papadakis0168

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